For the second year in a row, Kingsway’s Samuel Allen is the recipient of the Bruce MacDonald Athlete of the Year award given annually to the nation’s top high school race walker.
Although there was no outdoor track season, Allen won the award based on his indoor season, when he was the top-ranked high school racewalker in three events – the 1,500, mile and 3,000. According to a story on hsrw.net – a site devoted to high school race walking – Allen ranks No. 4, No. 10 and No. 12 in U.S. history in those three events.
Allen, also an honors student at Kingsway, also competes for Kingsway’s XC team and this past fall was sixth man on the team that placed third at the South Jersey Group 4 sectionals with a time of 16:51 at Delsea.
Last spring, Allen placed second at the USATF Under-20 Championships in Miramar, Fla., in the 10,000-meter race walk with a time of 54:08.19. He also won the 3,000 at the New Balance Nationals in Greensboro in 13:31.53.